Wenger asks Arsenal fans to 'keep faith'

Arsene Wenger has asked Arsenal fans to ‘keep faith’ with his long-term plans for the club as they get ready for the Carling Cup semi-finals.

The Gunners picked up a vital away win on Saturday beating Aston Villa 4-2 at Villa Park, however, once again Wenger’s team came close to throwing away a two-goal lead.

Arsenal had blown a 2-0 lead in the 3-2 home defeat to London rivals Tottenham last weekend before losing in midweek to Braga in the Champions League. These back-to-back defeats saw pundits and fans begin to question Wenger’s methods.

However, the Frenchman remains convinced that the current Arsenal squad has the quality to win silverware for the first time since the 2005 FA Cup.

‘For over two months we have played every three days, and part of that is sometimes you have ups and downs. It is how you respond to that,’ Wenger told Arsenal TV.

‘The problem at the moment is that when these kind of things happen, everybody is emphasising the negative sides. I am still quite optimistic, even if disappointed by the results.’

Wenger continued: ‘I have no major reason to doubt the team and the players, so even if my disappointment was huge, maybe that is why I am less down than many people because I see all the positive signs which are in my team.’

‘I am confident on the longer-term, like it is a marathon, that will all come out - keep with us, and keep faith with the team. I know their attitude is spot on, I know they have the quality - and we will not always lose games where the opponent only has one shot on goal.’

The Arsenal manager looks set to name a strong team for Wigan’s visit tomorrow night: ‘The only thing I promise is that we will take the tie seriously.’

‘But I have to consider how many games my players play. For six weeks we have played every three days with Champions League and internationals. I will consider who needs to play and who needs to rest.’

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